UCF Knights Hit Top 10 in College Football Playoff Rankings

Why is Oklahoma so far ahead of Ohio State?

There is a case to be made that there is literally no way UCF would be allowed in the playoff.

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Northwestern (7-4) of the Big Ten and Utah (8-3) of the Pac-12 have also clinched spots in their respective conference championship game, and Texas (8-3) could do the same in the Big 12 on Friday by beating Kansas.

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UCF put a thrashing on Cincinnati last week, and the College Football Playoff committee took notice.

"We spent considerable time talking about UCF and Ohio State", committee chair Rob Mullens told ESPN on Tuesday night. The defense is another story, having already given up 20 plays of 40+ yards.

- Washington (8-3) after the Huskie beat Washington State in the Apple Cup. "Obviously saw what Washington State did, putting up 55 points in the first half against Arizona". While it is not suggested that Auburn turn into The Citadel and adopt the triple option, it would be wise to stick with running the ball no matter how big a deficit it runs into. The conference title game losers could still be in the mix, but what if these are the conference title games losers?

Oklahoma has played a similar schedule to Ohio State depending on who you listen to (Oklahoma's SOS is ranked 43rd by Sagarin and 76th by S&P+ while Ohio State's is 53rd in Sagarin and 74th in S&P+), and has outscored opponents by an average of 18.8 points per game. Do the Trojans actually show up and fight for their coach or just lay down and accept the inevitable?

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There does not seem to be a realistic path to the playoff for UCF.

Oklahoma has a much better loss than Ohio State. But with no hope at a playoff, it's a bit of an empty achievement.

The 115th edition of the Egg Bowl features two teams that are on opposite ends of the forward passing spectrum. On Thanksgiving Day, Air Force hosts Colorado State, while Ole Miss looks to upset rival Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl. But the Bulldogs make their bones on the defensive side of the ball, so the contrast in the game should be fascinating. Those rankings will determine the four semifinalists along with the teams participating in the remainder of the New Year's Six bowl games.

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